P.A Works made my 2018. In Summer 2018 they gave me Tenrou: Sirius The Jaeger, a vampire thriller that refreshed to the vampire genre. Then later during Fall 2018 they gave me a tearjerking drama that dazzled me with its glistening visuals and magic. Look no further if you have been in search of a drama-filled romance. Iroduku: The World In Colors will tick the boxes for you.
Seventeen-year-old Hitomi Tsukishiro has been colorblind since a young age. It had a negative impact on her and left her feeling disconnected from the real world around her. Hitomi’s grandmother Kohaku sends Hitomi 60 years into the past where Hitomi meets a younger Kohaku and her other friends. Hitomi’s gray world is about to change forever.
Plot & Story
Iroduku: The World In Colors had all the makings of how a drama/romance can hit you and delivered them brutally. The plot might confuse you at the beginning: protagonist Hitomi has a lack of color sense that leaves her disconnected from the world. To help her, Grandma Kohaku sends Hitomi sixty years in the past, back when her grandma was Hitomi’s age. It is not very clear as how this will help Hitomi but the series cleverly builds up to a conclusion that makes sense in the end and leaves you in tears. The series handling of pace to the end was solid. As the series progresses, the plot becomes somewhat predictable because of the people Hitomi meets. However, her perspective on the world changed and I became invested in Hitomi’s character quickly. I wanted her to find happiness. The innocent, sweet protagonists always seem to get you in the end.
The characters in this series are endearing and Hitomi builds a strong bond with them. An effortless, innocent chemistry exists within the main group that had a hold of me at the start. I was surprised the series put the time into giving us a small background look into everyone’s character. I loved that they did. It only makes you feel more invested in this adorable group of people with different personalities and seeing how they all bounce off each other with flow.
The romance portion of the plot was bittersweet and leaves you torn. There were some fleeting romance feelings among the rest of the group that never formed into anything, which was disappointing as I feel the series’ focus was on Hitomi’s road to happiness. The message of finding happiness in different forms was more apparent not it just being about finding in one person. Still one romance portion wasn’t a complete let down but it kills you in the end.
Art & Music
We’re talking P.A Works. They have never disappointed when it comes to amazing animation. World In Colors feels like a project in which they took their animation to the next level. Everything is visually colorful and looks out of this world. The colors added a touching impact on the constant emotion that flows throughout. You can just watch this series for the animation alone if you want to be taken to a happy place.
In terms of music everything felt elegant and subtle but what stood out to me was the opening and ending themes. Female singing voices of Nagi Yanagi and Haruka to Miyuki fit alongside the series elegant flow perfectly; particularly the opening is my favorite. The lyrics reminded me there is no time to waste in this life, as there is a whole world to discover out there. Both songs are gorgeous to listen to and become lost in.
The series took me on quite the emotional ride, particularly when it come to Hitomi’s character. This plain, boring girl who lost sight of the joys in life didn’t appeal at first but quickly this cutie grabbed a hold of my heart. Hitomi’s struggle resonated strongly with me and made me recall a period in my life when I’d lost sight of the important things around me. Even though I was partially disappointed with the romance portion expect one part, everything about this series had me in its clutches. The out-of-this-world animation truly brought out the magical factor ten fold. It heightens the experience and brings some relief from the heavy emotional pull the show has.
It uplifted the atmosphere at the right points and I couldn’t take my eyes away for a second. The bonds Hitomi forms with everyone… ah, it’s plain old cute and just loved watching this group.
Happiness Is a Color
– Visually, stunning animation
– Loveable main group of characters
– Emotional pull is beyond touching
– Protagonist Hitomi is one viewers will relate too easily
– Interesting focus on photography
– Tearjerker of a series, big time
– Romance portion was disappointing expect one part
– Bittersweet ending
Be prepared people… you will need a box of tissues for this magical, emotional ride. You can just watch this series for the animation alone if you’re in need of some happiness in your life. Iroduku can give you that at least.
IRODUKU: The World in Colors
Fall 2018 | Anime Info | Simulcast